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AKAR, Rıdvan

Journalist and writer (b. 1961 Zara / Sivas). He graduated from Gazi University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Finance (1984). He finished his master’s studies at İstanbul University, Faculty of Economics, Department of Finance (1987). Then he worked for the Turkish News Agency, the magazines and newspapers Söz, Ekonomik Panorama, Tempo, Milliyet, agencies, reviews, newspapers and TV channels. He made the documentary films Madalyon / Cumhuriyet'in Yabancı Tanıkları (Medallion / The Foreign Witnesses of the Republic) and 12 Eylül / Türkiye'nin Miladı (12 September / The Zero Date of Turkey) with M. Ali Birand and Hikmet Bila. He has published some books on recent political history. He has been the general editor-in-chief of the TV News program 32. Gün (32nd Day)

Being a writer from the world of media, he became famous especially for his research on politics and minorities during the Republican Period. The periods between 1940 and 1964 and the Rums (Greeks with Turkish citizenship) who suffered from the “Wealth Tax” have featured prominently in some of his published books.

WORKS:

RESEARHS: Eski Tüfek Sosyalistler (Ex-socialists), Varlık Vergisi Tek Parti Döneminde Azınlık Karşıtı Politika Örneği (Wealth Tax: An Example of a Politics Against Minorities in the Single Party Period, 1992), İstanbul'un Son Sürgünleri 1964'te Rumların Sınırdışı Edilmesi (The Last Exiles of İstanbul: The Deportation of the Rums in 1964, with Hülya Demir, 1994), İşini Bilen Bir Memur: Engin Civan Bir Prensin Hisseli Hikâyesi (An Officer Who Plays according to the Rules: The Wonderful Story of a prince, Engin Civan, edition with Jale Özgentürk, 1995), 12 Eylül / Türkiye'nin Miladı (12 September: The Zero Date of Turkey, edition with M. Ali Birand and Hikmet Bila, 1998), Aşkale Yolcuları Varlık Vergisi ve Çalışma Kampları (Aşkale Passengers: Wealth Tax and the Work Camps, 1999), Homopolitikus Lider Portrelerinde Türkiye (Turkey in the Portrait of the Homopoliticus Leader, collection with Seyfi Öngider 2001).

NOVEL: Bir Irkçının İhaneti (Betrayal of a Racist, 2002).

DOCUMENTARY FILM: Cumhuriyetin Yabancı Tanıkları (Foreign Witnesses of the Republic, director 2000), 12 Eylül Belgeseli (12 September Documentary, script writer).